Shakespeare's Queens / Madness Of King Lear - Double Bill

Shakespeare's Queens / The Madness of King Lear, double bill at the Arts Theatre, from 16 Oct to 3 Nov 2012.

Transfers from this year's Edinburgh Festival. These two plays from Australia are now together in London's West End.

SHAKESPEARE'S QUEENS by Kath Perry, presented by Straylight Australia. Directed by Roz Riley, starring Rachel Ferris, Patrick Trumper, Kath Perry. The three biggest celebs of the Tudor dynasty Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and Shakespeare ­ meet for the first time after they are all dead. Mary and Elizabeth are still arguing furiously over who ruled best and that unfortunate incident with the axe… Caught in the middle, Shakespeare must summon all the queens of his plays ­ from the She-wolf of France to the Serpent of the Nile ­ to help settle the dispute.

THE MADNESS OF KING LEAR presented by CW Productions. Directed by Sarah Fernandez Reyes, starring Leofric Kingsford-Smith, Lucas R. Tsolakian. A spiritual and explosive interpretation of Shakespeare' s tragedy, fused with physical theatre. Lear and the Fool emerge from a spirit world and the play takes on a double narrative that explores both the events of Shakespeare's story and the continuing relationship between King and Fool.

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